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County’s spring/summer events include haz waste collection, free rabies clinics

The following is a guest article from Erie County Legislator John Mills:

Erie County has a busy spring and summer ahead, with several events and services that residents should put on their calendars.


The dates for this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days have been announced: Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park, and Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m.- 2p.m. at the ECC North Campus in Williamsville.

Materials that will be accepted include pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals/cleaners, oil-based paints and spray cans, paint thinner, stripper and solvents, batteries (lead acid and rechargeable), oil, gasoline, kerosene and antifreeze and mercury (thermometers, thermostats, metal). For more information on these events and a complete list of items that will be accepted, or for details on how to properly dispose of latex paint, call the Erie County Household Hazardous Waste 24-Hour Hotline at 858-6800 or visit

Also, two free rabies clinics will be held in May: from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Town of Tonawanda Highway Garage, 450 Woodward Ave. (off Military Road near Sheridan Drive), Tonawanda, and from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, Buffalo, (parking ramp in the back).

The clinics are open to cats, dogs and ferrets. Owners are reminded about the following – bring pets on a secure collar/harness and leash, or in a carrier and avoid using retractable, extended dog leashes. If you are using one, be sure it is no longer than 4 feet and in the locked position. Owners should also bring a copy of the pet’s vaccination record, if possible.

For additional information on rabies, visit

I am also happy to announce that this year marks the 11th year that I am hosting hot dog roasts to support the libraries in my district. During the past 10 years, these community events have raised more than $67,000. This year’s events will be Saturday, June 17, at the Town of Collins Public Library at 11 a.m.; Wednesday, June 21, at the North Collins Library at 4 p.m.; Wednesday, July 12 , at the Eden Public Library at 4 p.m.; Thursday, July 13, at the Boston Free Library at 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 20, at the Concord Public Library at 4 p.m.; Friday, July 28, at the Angola Public Library at 11 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 4, at the Orchard Park Library at 11 a.m.

A reminder that road work is already underway on some roadways, so be mindful of crews. I will continue to update residents on timelines, detours, etc. as more information becomes available on specific county projects.

Visit my website at and the county’s website at to stay up to date on programs and events.


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